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The Deviant Gentleman
10 October 2010 @ 11:59 pm
I've set up a new blog at Wordpress, which will hopefully become the hub of my assorted projects and schemes. I need somewhere to bring all my different shenanigans in one place, and livejournal really isn't cutting it anymore.

I'll still be popping in every now and then, and I'll continue to monitor the journals I'm currently following. But as of this moment, anything particularly interesting will now be happening at the new place.

This is the dawning of the age of Sagitarius. Or something.

... go away.
The Deviant Gentleman
10 October 2010 @ 01:34 pm
Knightmare: When Five Tribes go to War is now complete and available to download.

The fourth era of the Dungeon Of Deceit is imminent, and it is a time of  change; the Dungeon is growing fast and far beyond its old boundaries, while some of the mightiest of its occupants, both light and dark, are coming into conflict. When old alliances are broken by treachery and greed, fresh alliances are formed as new protagonists emerge, until five distinct factions – four of them forces for evil and only one of them a force for good – take shape. Of these, it is the faction controlled by the sorceress Malice that takes the initiative.

While the Dungeon Master, Treguard of Dunshelm, tries to remain impartial and above the conflicts raging in the Greater Game, the war leads to chaos, death, and a new dominant evil that he simply must range his forces against.

I had a lot of fun with this one. Who could possibly turn up his nose at the chance to irritate the Dungeon Master of Knightmare? Here's hoping for many more KM projects to come.

The Deviant Gentleman
07 October 2010 @ 11:01 pm
Minecraft does not run without lagging horribly.


It is made of cubes and primary colours. It makes Simon the Sorcerer 3D look like Crysis.


God. Damn. Everything. This laptop is older than dirt. No wonder I'm such a GOG fanboy, they're the only games I know will run they way they should.
The Deviant Gentleman
Been talking shop with RI, Grundi and Creed this last week, and I think we've got the basics of our games hashed out. I've got my puzzle design pretty much sewn up, and have started to compile the rooms I'll be needing. I'm excited by the prospect of each game reintroducing different sets of the cast - filtering 80 games worth of story into the bare bones needed for others to carry it on without having to have played them all beforehand and know every little detail, one of the main reasons for RON falling by the wayside in the last few years.

Likewise, I'm enthusiastic about setting this mini-series a good five years or so after the last released game. It's the perfect opportunity to have familiar characters undergo development and do something interesting with them, along with giving them a bit of breathing space. I can understand why things like Doctor Who and Tales of Monkey Island did something similar - trying to re-introduce a series and designing it so that only longterm fans will derive any enjoyment or understanding of it is one of the worst things you can possibly do, short of making every story a sequel to a previous one and existing only to plug plotholes and fix broken continuity. At some point, you need to stop rehashing everything that's come before and actually start telling some new stories.

Hopefully, that's exactly what we'll end up doing. I'm certainly intrigued by Creed's possible idea for using Mary the telepathic fox in a game featuring hunting. Sounds like the ingredients for pure undiluted whimsy.
The Deviant Gentleman
Wow. Wasn't expecting to do anything with Reality on the Norm again for a while, but in the space of a week the little idea I floated has somehow got AGS alumni Renegade Implementor, Creed Malay and Grundislav attached to it.

This is... like... wow. I mean, it's like announcing plans to review The Secret of NIMH II: Timmy to the Rescue, only to be joined in the chair by the Nostalgia Critic, The Spoony One and Linkara.

There's potential here for something very cool. If this is done right, it could bring the project back to life again, this time for good.

I'm excited.
The Deviant Gentleman
19 July 2010 @ 11:54 am
I'm alive, just been busy. Life is currently full of Things, many of which are fun and interesting, but very time consuming.

Also, I've been working with Wordpress a lot for The Dunshelm Players, and quite frankly Livejournal pales in comparison, so I'm seriously considering upping shop and relocating. Maybe. Possibly.

We shall see.
The Deviant Gentleman
The website of The Dunshelm Players has now gone live. Update your bookmarks and check it out, there's plenty to listen to over there and some very exciting new things coming soon...
The Deviant Gentleman
I do not encourage you, upon the month of its ratification, to download every film, tv episode and music track you would have otherwise bought.

I certainly will not support the idea of going to the houses of the MPs who voted for this bill and exploiting their unsecured wireless networks for mass quantities of torrenting, thus making them liable under the Bill's provisions.

And I most emphatically do NOT recommend signing up for the secure, anonymous iPREDator VPN service that spoofs your IP address, encrypts all that you do, stores no record of anything downloaded and is available at the low, low price of £5 a month.

Doing such a thing is unnecessary, after all, when we have democratically elected politicians who represent the interests of their constituents, and have not in any way been swayed by the influence of the major film and music industry lobbyists.

I would also ask you to not spread these thoughts around at all - not to your friends, on message boards, social networking sites, or wherever it is that such ideas may take root and substance.

But if you do... well, I would quite understand.